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Chris Stirewalt says that Fox News viewers would’ve been more prepared for Trump’s 2020 loss with a more accurate view of the race

He saw coverage becoming more and more repetitive and unimportant, which wasn’t benefiting the viewers.



Chris Stirewalt spoke about coverage gaps he saw while working at Fox News in his upcoming book.

Stirewalt criticized the network’s coverage of the 2020 election in the book “Broken News.”

Stirewalt was a member of the Fox decision-making team in 2020, which called Arizona for Biden before other significant news organizations.

In his upcoming book, former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt claims that viewers would have been better prepared for former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election if the network had provided them with a “more accurate” analysis of the contest.

Stirewalt, who was fired from Fox in January 2021, claimed in the book “Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight Back” that during his 11 years working for the network, he noticed an increase in coverage that fell short of what viewers needed to hear.

Stirewalt noted the “anger” he experienced after the Fox News decision desk predicted that Joe Biden would win the crucial state of Arizona in the 2020 presidential election and claimed that such coverage has become routine throughout Trump’s presidency.

Senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, asked for my dismissal and accused me of a “cover-up” “Amid the eruption of anger in the wake of the Arizona call,” Stirewalt wrote.

He went on: “What is being hidden, exactly? There were no ballots to count and no electoral votes to distribute. If viewers had been provided with a more accurate picture of the contest over time, they would have believed that Trump would lose. Viewers were instructed to assume that polls don’t matter (unless they were favorable to Trump) and that forecasters like myself were going to be wrong again in order to avoid viewing his razor-thin victory in 2016 as the startling upset that it was.”

Stirewalt testified in June before the House committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, where he discussed the significance of Arizona and the decision desk’s sincere efforts to educate viewers about the dynamics of the 2020 election, which included a large number of mail-in and absentee ballots.

Fox called Arizona for Biden before the majority of news organizations did, which incensed Trump, but Stirewalt felt confidence in his team’s assessment. Out of over 3.4 million votes cast, Biden won the Southwestern state by about 11,000 votes.

Stirewalt informed the panel on January 6 that “We were able to make a call early.” We succeeded in outperforming the opposition.

Stirewalt discussed how he tried to prepare viewers for the initial results, which would show Republicans sweeping the Election Day vote — the result of Trump urging his supporters to only vote in-person on November 3, 2020 — while yet-to-be-counted mail-in votes would shift many races toward Democrats. At the time, Biden was expected to win Arizona, and the outcome in several other swing states was still up in the air.

The Trump campaign and the president had made it apparent that they would try to take advantage of this oddity, Stirewalt said during the hearing. “We had gone to pains — and I’m proud of the efforts we took to make sure that we were warning viewers that this was going to happen,” Stirewalt said. And because a higher percentage of people cast early ballots, we were aware that it would be larger.

Fox News was contacted by Insider for comment.